Jefferson City Council Discuss Plans for New Super Walmart

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Monday, October 17 2005 Oct 17, 2005 Monday, October 17, 2005 11:01:45 PM CDT October 17, 2005 in News

Don Reinkemeyer has lived in the same house in Jefferson City for 18 years and after all that time, he's agreed to have his home demolished to make way for a new super Wal-mart, and a new interchange at City View Drive.  It's an interchange Reinkemeyer calls dangerous.

"Well, let's put it this way, it was either that or my wife says we're moving either way. So, we were just moving because it's too dangerous to cross there," Reinkmeyer says.

It is one of the issues Jefferson City Council members are discussing. City leaders will decide whether a Super Wal-mart and a new interchange will improve the city.

"We do expect the economic pie of the city to be bigger because of it. We expect them to get millions of dollars in sales that will benefit the local economy. As well as supplying several hundred jobs," said Richard Mays a Jefferson City Administrator.

Reinkenmeyer says, Wal-mart wants to purchase his property and add in a possible new interchange. For him, it will be an easy decision to demolish his home.

"It's just brick and mortar, you know it could be put back up somewhere else," explains Reinkenmeyer.

Reinkemeyer plans to stay close to the area, but welcomes the potential for growth and safety. 

 The City Administrator says he's not aware of any opposition to the new supercenter. If a bill passes, the City Administrator says the construction on City View Drive, interchange will begin next year, and the new Super Wal-mart would begin soon after.

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